Trump announces new coronavirus test that can deliver results within five minutes

Andrew Cummings
March 30, 2020

The test kit can determine within five minutes whether a sample is infected with Sars-CoV-2 and 13 minutes to definitively confirm if it is negative, the USA health care company said. But those tests, from the manufacturer Cepheid, are to be used mainly in hospitals.

The company states their test is different than what's now in the market because it can be used "outside the four walls of a traditional hospital such as in the physician's office or urgent care clinics".

Abbott is in the midst of ramping up production and expects to deliver 50,000 of the tests per day in the United States as of next week.

US company Abbott Laboratories on Friday unveiled a portable novel coronavirus test device that it claimed can deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.

With Abbott's point of care healthcare providers can perform molecular point-of-care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots.

The ID NOW platform is small, lightweight (6.6 pounds) and portable (the size of a small toaster), and uses molecular technology, which is valued by clinicians and the scientific community for its high degree of accuracy.

The company is working with the Trump administration to first deploy the tests to sites where they are most needed, targeting hospital emergency rooms, urgent-care clinics and doctors' offices. Henry Schein Inc. on Thursday said its point-of-care antibody test, which looks for evidence that a person's immune system has already fought off the infection, was available.

"I am pleased that the FDA authorized Abbott's point-of-care test yesterday". Combined with ID NOW, Abbott expects to produce about 5 million tests in April. "A clinic will be able to turn that result around quickly, while the patient is waiting".

The company cautioned that the test has not been cleared or approved by the FDA, and has only been authorised for emergency use by approved labs and healthcare providers.

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